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Watch John Oliver Fire a Salmon Cannon at Jon Stewart, Kelly Ripa and Homer Simpson


TIME

John Oliver went on a rampage during this season’s final episode of Last Week Tonight, but it wasn’t just with strong words for state legislatures or dogs dressed as U.S. Supreme Court justices or Michael Bloomberg‘s .nyc web address shopping spree.

This time, though, he was armed … with a salmon cannon.

After watching a news clip showing a salmon cannon in action helping fish return to their spawning grounds, Oliver was inspired to buy his own and try it at home. He then took a page out of Lew Zealand’s playbook and started throwing fish. He started by chucking one at the face of his former The Daily Show co-worker Jon Stewart, then Jimmy Fallon got one and then he went wild spraying salmon at everyone from Kelly Ripa to Anderson Cooper to Meredith Grey mid-operation on Grey’s Anatomy, hitting an actress mid-dramatic break up on a…

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Introducing Safety Check


Facebook Newsroom

By Naomi Gleit, VP of Product Management, Sharon Zeng, Product Manager & Peter Cottle, Software Engineer

In times of disaster or crisis, people turn to Facebook to check on loved ones and get updates. It is in these moments that communication is most critical both for people in the affected areas and for their friends and families anxious for news.

We want to provide a helpful tool that people can use when major disasters strike, so we’ve created Safety Check – a simple and easy way to say you’re safe and check on others.

During a major disaster, Safety Check will help you:

  • Let friends and family know you’re safe
  • Check on others in the affected area
  • Mark your friends as safe

Only your friends will see your safety status and the comments you share.

The 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan was devastating. According to the

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Discovering Caribbean Literature in English: A Select Bibliography (UPDATED)

What Can Studying People From Birth to Death Teach You About Living the Good Life?

The Afghan Girl

When Pigs Are Given a Badge – My Mother, Sister and I are Currently Facing Federal Charges in Trinidad & Tobago


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THE ZEN PROJECT

On Thursday, June 20th, my mother, sister and I left New York and landed in Piarco International Airport in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago around 2PM. Upon receiving my baggage, a verbal altercation began between myself, my mother and a customs officer at the airport’s exit. Such occurred due to the officer’s blatantly rude treatment. 

Suddenly, a man ran up to me and grabbed me by the shoulder/neck area, hit me and shouted at me for “inappropriately speaking to a customs officer”. Everything happened so quickly, most things are a blur. But my mother, maternal instincts fully kicked in, screamed and cried and struggled to get me away from this man. She assumed he was a robber or some sort of madman. Later on we learned that this man was a plain clothes officer. Please note, this man ran up to me from behind, so I hadn’t seen his…

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Cover Drive “Speak Out”


The band Cover Drive became involved after visiting the conference in December where they spoke and interacted with students from all over the Caribbean who were in Barbados to learn about the program. So impressed were they that they got aboard and penned a new track which features the vocals of the Ambassador Dr. Larry Palmer.

Check it out and download it below:

The single was launched on May 25th in a short ceremony on the terrace of The Central Bank of BarbadosFrank Collymore Hall.

According to lead singer Amanda Reifer,“It’s a great opportunity and we’re happy to perform in a positive way in our community. We wanted the lyrics to be relatable; while we were writing it we wanted to find a way to not make it sound preachy but still get the message across.”

(photos by Wave Element)

 

VIDEO: Stromae – Papaoutai


Papaoutai” is the newest single from Belgian (with Rwandan roots) hip-hop electronic music singer and songwriter Paul van Haver, better known as Stromae. Papaoutai is confirmed as the lead single taken from his highly-awaited sophomore studio album, still untitled, that’s scheduled for release later this year via Universal Music Group. The song comes after the international success of his debut “Cheese“, released in 2010, and the hit single “Alors on danse” which remained at number one for several weeks in many countries throughout Europe the same year.

It follows his usual style of laid back lyrics delivered over an infectious beat for a very catchy masterpiece you can’t help but want to sing-along to (even if you can’t understand the french).

The video’s themes and action echo Stromae’s refrain of “Où t’es? Papa, où t’es?” (Where are you? Dad, where are you?) and we can see the plot advanced by well placed choreography [no spoilers from me].

Check it out below:

The new single was released on iTunes on May 14. The music video was premiered on VEVO on June 6.

 

VIDEO: Seyi Shay – “Irawo”


Check out the brand new video for “Iramo” by British-born Nigerian artist Seyi Shay featuring Ijesha. Set on the beautiful Atlantic shores of Lagos, the Clarence A. Peters directed short, is an effects filled-glitz punctuated high energy (but at times Beyonce-esque) choreography and an easy-to-follow storyline.

In the video, we see the sexy Seyi Shay washed up on shore to find herself in a strange island. Thereafter, she is captured by hefty men who present her to the King (Ikenna Bryan Okwara), to be kept as his ‘plaything.’

The inspiration came from the 1988 hit “Rumba Dance” by another popular Nigerian artist, Mike Okri.

Introducing Seyi Shay:

Deborah Oluwaseyi Joshua,  known as “Seyi Shay”, was born in London to Nigerian parents. Her mother is half Fulani, half Tapa and her father is Yoruba from Ile Ife. She attended primary school in Nigeria, before returning to the UK to finish secondary school.  She then went on to study Business Management.

Seyi Shay has toured with the likes of P. Diddy and Beyoncé in the UK, and has written and worked with a number of industry heavyweights like Justin Timberlake, Brian Michael Cox, Darey, Bilal, Michelle Williams and Chipmunk.

She was formerly the lead singer of British Pop/R&B girl group From Above which was signed to Sony/Columbia Record company and Music World Entertainment owned by Beyoncé‘s father; Matthew KnowlesFrom Above also had an MTV reality show, “Breaking From Above” which aired in over 166 countries worldwide.

Now, the singer/songwriter and producer is under Flytime Music and poised to release her debut solo album. She has already recorded a number of songs with top Nigerian producers like Jay Sleek, Tee-y Mix, Del B and Cobhams Asoquo.

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